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Weight Loss Success Story: Before and After Results

It’s the first of the new year and many of us have set New Year’s resolutions for ourselves. All of us at Merritt Athletic Clubs are cheering for you and want to support you throughout the year to help you meet your fitness and health goals. We believe you can reach your goals, so we are challenging you to be one of this year’s success stories! Gary Desper set realistic goals for himself and now has a success story to share with you.

GARY DESPER
Weight Before: 280
Weight After: 174

“In my 20s, I was focused on starting a family, completing law school and beginning my career. I did not take anytime to care for myself. I ate what I wanted and exercise was something I dreaded. In August 2009, I weighed in at my heaviest ever at nearly 280 pounds and was very unhappy with how I felt and looked. Now in my mid 30s, I realized I was at risk of developing serious health problems that I might not be able to reverse and that could take years off my life. I became determined to take control of my health and change for the better. I knew I hadn’t put on the weight over night; so, I wasn’t going to be able to take it off overnight either. I set realistic goals to improve my eating, exercise more and change my lifestyle. Early in 2010, I signed up for Merritt’s Biggest Loser and I have completed three rounds of the program so far. Through working with trainers Rob Stempel and Karen Martinez, I have gained several new tools to help me with my personal fitness goals. Today, I weigh 174 pounds. I’ve lost nearly 106 pounds so far. My young children have seen the changes in me and have become interested in making healthier choices. This is a life long journey and I will continue to work on being the healthiest I can be so I can fully enjoy my family and the many other good things in life.” –Gary Desper

What goals have you set for yourself this year? Share in the comments below.

Do you have a success story you would like to share with us? Email us here –we would love to hear about your journey with Merritt Athletic Clubs and possibly feature you in an upcoming blog post.

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